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Should more Academies rebroker?

Should more Academies rebroker?

When I joined Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) in December 2016, the trust had become the problem child of the academy sector. Once one of the great hopes of the academies movement, it was an organisation that had fallen foul of voracious ambition to grow exponentially, without sufficient thought going into the support and challenge that individual academies needed.

The prognosis was not promising. This was an organisation that was failing: educationally, financially and in governance terms, it was broken. The levels of deficits in the academies were frightening, and, bluntly, it had all the hallmarks of being an organisation that was wildly out of control and spinning headlong into insolvency.

A radical, all-encompassing Turnaround Plan – approved by the Department for Education last year – proposed the comprehensive reform of all aspects of AET’s operations: education, governance and finance. 

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